Specifications

Asahi Pentax Black Spotmatic

Asahi Pentax Black Spotmatic

Type 35mm single-lens reflex with built-in light meter.
Film and Picture Size 35mm film (20 or 36 exposures).  24mm x 36mm
Standard Lenses Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 or 55mm Super-Takumar f/1.8 with fully automatic diaphram.  Distance scale: 0.45m (1.5 feet) to infinity.   Filter size: 49mm.  With depth-of-field scale.   Equipped with diaphragm preview lever which affords visual check of depth of field.   Distance Scale: 45cm (18") to infinity.
Shutter Focal plane shutter with single non-rotating dial (dial rotates to select shutter speed but remains stationary when exposure is made - this is a reference to earlier cameras that had shutter speed dials that rotated when the exposure was made).  Speeds: B, 1-1/1000 sec.  Film speed (ASA) setting dial and window on shutter speed dial.  Built-in self-timer releases shutter in 5-13 seconds.  Shutter curtains of special rubberized silk.
Warning Signal The index of shutter speeds turns red when the shutter and film speed settings are off the meter's measurability range.
Finder Pentaprism finder with microprism.   Fresnel lens for instant focusing; 0.88x magnification with 50mm lens, and approximately life-size with 55mm lens.
Focusing Turn the distance scale ring until the subject image in the viewfinder comes into sharp focus.  Minimum focus distance: 0.45m (1.5 feet) (With 50/55mm lenses)
Reflex Mirror Instant Return Type with special shock absorbers for minimum vibration.
Film Advance Ratchet type rapid wind lever (for film advance and shutter cocking).  10 pre-advance and 160 advancing angle.
"Cocked" Indicator A red disk appears in a small window along-side the shutter release button when the shutter is cocked, and blacks out when it is released.
Film Exposure Counter Automatic re-set type.
Lens Mount 42mm threaded lens mount (Pentax-mount)
Flash Synchronization FP & X contacts for conventional flash cord connection.  Electronic synchronization at 1/60 sec.
Exposure Meter Built-in meter measures the brightness of the ground glass, and couples directly to the shutter and film speed settings.   Film speed (ASA) setting ranges from 20 to 1600 (LV1-18 for ASA 100 film with standard lens.)  Meter is powered with a mercury battery.
Film Rewind Rapid rewind crank for speedy film take-up.  Film rewind button on base of camera body releases film from take-up spool for rewind and rotates while film is being rewound.
Loaded Film   Indicator Loaded film reminder dial underneath film rewind knob is marked "PANCHRO" (black and white), "COLOR" and "EMPTY".
Dimension width 143mm (5.6") x height 92mm (3.6") x thickness 88mm (3.4")
Weight 868g (1 lb. 14 oz.) with 50mm lens.
621g (1 lb. 6 oz.)  without lens 
Price when New 880 - camera with 50mm f/1.4 $300
884 - camera with 55mm f/1.8 $260
881 - camera body only $190

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Back When the Asahi Pentax Spotmatic was introduced to the public at the 1969 Photokina, the photographic World's Fair in Cologne, Germany, it attracted immediate and keen attention.  Not available for purchase at that time, it was a model of the advanced features and design that would be incorporated into cameras in the future.
Four years of intensive research, exhaustive experiments and intensive testing followed before it became available to serious amateur and professional photographers in late 1964. Shutter, Advance, Counter
Film Review, Reminder Dial

The traditional classic design and simple elegance associated with the earlier models of the famous Asahi Pentax have been retained in the Spotmatic despite the incorporation of many highly advanced features. 

Meticulously constructed by master craftsmen, the Asahi Pentax cameras remain the standard of excellence and precision in the world of 35mm single-lens-reflex cameras.

Even though the Spotmatic was contemporary with the fine line of Super-Takumars, the Pentax Spotmatic cameras are capable of using the last generation screw-mount Super-Multi-Coated Takumar lenses. In addition to the legendary flare control and color fidelity that has made these lenses so popular, the SMC lenses  provide stop-down metering with the familiar switch near the lens mount. Asahi Pentax Spotmatic

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